Padre Pio’s Advice: Pray to St. Michael the Archangel Part One

The following account was found here In the early 1950's, my brother, Francis Briguori, made a trip from Naples to San Giovanni Rotondo to see Padre Pio. He was able to make his confession to him. While making his confession, he told Padre Pio that he wanted to join the Navy but did not think he would be accepted because he had a heart defect.  Padre Pio looked at him with a very piercing gaze and said, "Tu Vai, Kapish!"which means, "You go, do you understand!" At the end of the confession Padre Pio told my brother to pray to St. Michael the Archangel. He said to my brother, "Michael is your name, too." My brother's name is Francis Mario Michael Briguori. He was so completely taken aback that Padre Pio knew his name that when he left the confessional, he told all the people waiting in the sacristy, "I can't believe it, he knew my name!"
Right after that, my brother enlisted in the Navy. On the day that he went in for his medical examination,  there were many other young men there who were also having their medical exams. When my brother's name was called, he was told, "Tu Vai" the very same words that Padre Pio had said to him. Evidently he looked so healthy that he was waved on ahead of the others and was accepted without a physical exam. My brother had a wonderful career in the Navy working in the field of shortwave communication. He traveled to many different parts of the world and was never sick nor troubled by any problems with his heart. My brother turned 82 years old this year, 2007. He told me that as long as he lives, he will never be able to forget the way Padre Pio looked at him with those beautiful, piercing eyes.
- Enrichetta Spinelli
May St. Michael bless everyone on this, his feast day, and happiest feast day blessings to each and every reader of this blog.


  1. I love the personal stories of Padre Pio and those he had contact with. So many stories of his stern nature, but so few of his softness. It was clear he had an understanding of each he encountered, before they even spoke. What comfort that must have been, in some ways, but in others, maybe less so. What a heavy burden it must have been for him to hold the secrets of so many souls, and of course the passion of Christ. St. Michael the Arch Angel, it is!

  2. Let us all pray, daily, to Archangel Michael to defend Holy Mother Church and the United States of America from all the assaults of the enemy, from within and without.

  3. Dear St. Pio, I rest in your love for us. +
    You know my heart. Be with me, guide me. +

  4. Dear Padre Pio, be with me in my daily encounters and make them all heavenly.

  5. Padre PIO tu che sei cosi vicino a DIO prega per la savezza del mondo amen

  6. Grazie per le tue preghiere. Spero che Padre Pio ti protegga e ti benedica. Mary O'Regan

  7. Dear St. Pio,

    I pray that through your intercession Our Lord may lead me to do whatever is His Will. Though I am scared of what he may ask of me, I know that there is nothing more beautiful in this world than Divine Providence.

    Please bless me with the same trust and faith with which you yourself lived your life and no matter what is asked of me, please help me to respond "Here I am".

    Your spiritual child in Christ

  8. I love Padre Pio with all my heart! he's so sweet and wonderful and it's a true example of Love.
    May he bless us all...

  9. Padre Pio, I send you my guardian angel and ask you to intercede for me and my family in our time of trouble. In the name of Jesus, Praise and Thanks for all that is given.


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